STEM Courses for Certificate Renewal

Did you know the new 15 STEM clock hour requirement is for more than just STEM teachers?

The STEM requirement applies to the following endorsements:

  • Elementary Education (K-8) endorsement
  • Early Childhood Education (P-3) endorsement
  • All Mathematics endorsements
  • All Science Endorsements:  Agriculture,  Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Physics, Biology,  
  • Computer Science
  • Business Education
  • Marketing
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Technology Education
  • All CTE

Note: NBCTs can maintain state certificates with a valid National Board certificate.

WEA’s Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) is a state-wide focus on professional development designed to support staff to increase inclusion for students with disabilities. The project is funded by OSPI and open to all educators/stakeholders in WA state (including education support professionals, administration, paraeducators, parents, special education personnel, and general education personnel.) WEA-IPP is providing STEM courses in both asynchronous (Canvas) and synchronous (Zoom) formats. 

Visit the OSPI website at for more information regarding this requirement. Trainings meet the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212). For questions regarding STEM courses, contact Scott Poirier or Annie Lamberto.

STEM Zoom Courses (Synchronous)

WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) and Special Education Support Center (SESC) are excited to announce a NEW, 15 hour STEM course for those seeking to earn their clock hours for certification. 

  • Register ASAP for the course using the link listed below.
  • Course capacity is limited to 80 participants.
  • When you register, if you are one of the first 80 participants. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link. Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu. There is not a waitlist option.
  • Registration is a TWO Step Process
         1. Register for the course using the link listed below.
         2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration.
         3. You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link to access the
             course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to your calendar from this page.
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • Course evaluations will be emailed to attendees approximately 7-10 business days after each course. Once completed and submitted, a clock hour verification form will be sent via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your distrcit policies. 
  • Please test your computer's video and audio HERE before the course start. Technical assistance will not be provided.

Computer Science for Special Populations: Level I (6 hours) - STEM

Course concluded. Check back for future dates!

This course is designed to teach computer science and computational thinking using both unplugged and
plugged activities targeting our special education population for the purpose of increasing student achievement.
The Universal Design for Learning framework will be modeled. The modeled lessons will be designed to cross
content areas and participants will be designing a lesson that can be used in their classroom.
This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements
for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).

Computer Science in Special Populations: Level II  (3 hours) - STEM

Course concluded. Check back for future dates!

(NOTE: Participating in our course, Computer Science for Special Populations Level 1 before taking this Level II course is recommended but not required.)

Participants will be designing and modeling CS integration into their current roles as educators with a focus on
careers and we will be taking a deeper dive into CS programs, such as Scratch, MakeCode, Ozobots, Artie, to
name a few. This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements
for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).

STEM in Sports: Using Sports for STEM Learning in Your Classroom (15 hours) - STEM

Part I: Friday, October 8, 2021
Part II: Monday, October 11, 2021
Part III: Friday, October 15, 2021
Part IV: Monday, October 18, 2021
Part V: Friday, October 22, 2021

(This course includes 10 hours of synchronous training via Zoom and 5 hours of independent, asynchronous
training (homework)

This course is designed to help you to take the practice of a sport (any sport) and show and enhance STEM
through the lens of sports. The course will shine a light on students who are motivated by sports and show how
STEM can be incorporated into sports activities. This course includes inclusionary practices so that all kids can learn. Universal Design for Learning will also be a part of this course. Course also includes a brief overview of STEM Standards, a few examples then asks participants to address their own standards:
1. NGSS (Science and Engineering)
2. CCSS (Math)
3. Computer Science
4. Technology

Participants will learn how to build a unit in their content area that features Sports and STEM
Participants will learn how to incorporate inclusionary practices into their content area
Participants will learn how to incorporate Computer Science and science into their content areas
Participants will learn how to incorporate student voice and UDL practices
This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements
for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).

STEM Canvas Courses (Asynchronous)

Registration for 2020/2021 courses below has closed. Check back for future dates.

  • Registration is free for participants.
  • Canvas courses are asynchronous - You take them independently, individually, at your own pace, and without a live instructor.
  • Coursework must be completed by June 30, 2021 - If clock hours are needed for recertification on June 30, 2021, the course MUST be completed by June 15th!
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • At the end of each course, you will need to fill out the "End of Course Evaluation" to receive clock hours. A
    clock hour verification form will be sent to you about 7-10 business days after completing this survey. Your assignment and submissions need to be verified by the instructors and then processed in the PD Network.

STEMisizing Your Instruction (15 hours)

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learn how to STEMisize a classroom. Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMisize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking.

STEM for Secondary Educators (15 hours)

This course aims to teach participants about science, engineering, math, and inclusionary practices with a little dose of technology. The participant will then reflect on their current practice, identify areas of growth, and fully incorporate these ideas into an integrated science, engineering, math lesson, project, or unit plan with a focus on Universal Design for Learning inclusionary practices.

STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 hours)

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom.

STEM Integration for K-6 Educators (15 hours)

Scientific studies have shown that children learn faster than adults. Most of that early learning is focused on developing language skills and communications skills. There is little to no emphasis on STEM learning. As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits of introducing STEM at an early age. This training, geared towards K-6 teachers, will provide strategies, ideas, and examples of how to introduce STEM in early educator classrooms and include connections to inclusionary practices. You will be submitting work as "assignments", taking "surveys/quizzes", and participating in discussion boards for this class. The ultimate goal is that you can walk away with an integrated STEM lesson plan that will be important and usable in your classroom.